Indiana records first death in fungal meningitis outbreak

INDIANAPOLIS - A death in Indiana has been attributed to fungal meningitis, and the number of cases in the state is now up to 21.

Information about the person who died wasn’t immediately available, but state health officials said the victim was not from Indiana but received treatment in the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of cases linked to steroid shots nationwide is up to 170, with more cases in Tennessee, Virginia and Michigan than in Indiana.

Medication made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts has been recalled. Several Indiana health facilities received batches of the recalled steroid.

The type of fungal meningitis involved in the outbreak is not contagious.

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